Freshly plucked Angora wool

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Clarice, a very pretty chocolate French Angora bunny, started shedding the other day. That normally means it's time to gently pluck her beautiful Angora wool out. Now, French Angora bunnies shed naturally, every 3 to 4 months or so. They usually grow about an inch of hair a month. Well, Clarice has been busy growing her beautiful wool, and I realized that she has some really long, very prime wool. Some of it as much as 6 inches long - great stuff for a spinner!

Now, when you pluck a French Angora, there is already a second coat that has been growing in before the first coat lets go, so you don't typically end up with a nekkid rabbit. She still has hair that is at least 2 inches long left, so she won't get cold out in the barn.

Here is a photo of the prime Angora I plucked from her today:

Clarice's-plucked-angora.jpg I should weigh it and start tracking how productive she is, it will help me decide if she should be bred and with which buck.

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